Singing Competition

Svetlina Stoyanova and Cho ChanHee win 2017 NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition

The final is over: Mezzo-Soprano Svetlina Stoyanova from Bulgaria and Bass Cho ChanHee from South Korea are the winners of the 17. International Singing Competition NEUE STIMMEN. In a high-class final in Stadthalle Gütersloh they prevailed against strong competitors.

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Elsa Dreisig, winner of the NEUEN STIMMEN 2015, at the finals in Gütersloh, Germany.

Singing Competition

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